There's a loud contingent that hates the growth. Rail should have been on the ballot 10 years ago, and there's really not much can be done with freeways since Nashville doesn't have a true ring road. I think the growth is great, and expect BNA pax numbers to keep increasing. I would not be surprised if the AS flight to SFO turns into a second daily to SEA. There's a definite need.
Yeah, the issue in Nashville with light rail is like it was in Seattle...no one wants to pay for it, and no one wants it in their back yard. The same fear mongering is coming up in Nashville, that it will pull down neighborhoods. In Seattle, the opposite has happened...millennials especially don't want to own and drive cars so they are living along the light rail routes, which is causing those neighborhoods to be the hottest in the city now. We could have had it for 500 million dollars years ago but it kept getting voted down, then finally went thru at a billion dollars. And it's a total success in what used to be a suburban-based city. Now the light rail is being extended over the lake to the eastside, connecting Bellevue and Redmond/Microsoft with downtown and the airport and many great village and town center type developments along the path.
Nashville sort of has a ring road created by the various interstates that all converge near downtown, but the rush hour backups are getting worse. And I now have to allow twice as much time to get from my hotel to rehearsal or a performance than just a few years ago. The land and geography in Nashville are such that a light rail could easily be installed along the freeway dividers from downtown to BNA to the major suburbs.[/quote]
Part of the issue with the failed light rail system was it didn't go far enough. Nashville needs a regional transit authority, especially inclusive of Rutherford, Wilson, Sumner and Williamson counties. The idea of train service between Nashville and Murfreesboro was floated around in the ;late 90s, but CSX said they would not allow the usage of their tracks. As for freeways, the northern part of Briley can work effectively as a reliever to the fact 3 major interstate comverge on downtown with limited options to avoid. The city and airport are going to grow, regardless of the naysayers.
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